Buddy of mine in Omaha rode year-round...even when -20 degs. He had a side car, though.
Well, according to the Aerostich map, we can ride more days a year than Arizona.
That is my riding philosophy more or less, though I've given myself permission to bail on riding if it's super stormy. Our usual November windstorms never materialized. We did have one blustery day when there was a 3-inch diameter branch on the state highway I usually traverse. I'm glad I waited an extra hour to leave home, so there was daylight by the time I got there.I lived in Olympia for 30+ years, if you live in W. WA and let the rain influence your riding, why bother riding? I had good rain gear, heated jacket and all the rest of the stuff needed to stay dry and warm. I now live in AZ and have a more difficult time trying to ride year round due to the heat. It was easy to stay warm in the winter in WA but trying to deal with extreme heat in summer has its challenges.
Yes!! I hate trucks on the freeway. And not just an appearance problem after the ride, but a visibility problem in the wall-o-mist that comes off their tires.I do like riding in the rain, as long as I can stay away from getting stuck behind a truck throwing up a bunch of dirty water. Fortunately I'm retired and can choose when and where I ride, so that's usually pretty easy.
I rode this past spring (April) up through the Yukon Territory to Alaska. Several days riding in temps from the mid-20s F to the high 30s. Electric mid-layer and gloves made the thousands of miles in those temps roll by like a non-event on the temperature.New to this forum but I'm a veteran rider. Has anyone ever ridden 400+ miles in 35 degree weather with a 25 mph tailwind? If so, any tips? I've ridden that far in a day before but not when it was that cold. I have a 2011 r1200gs. Thanks for any feedback! -Jeff